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Writing Poetry by Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson Wolf

Writing poetry is a kind of freedom. Novels have a specific way they need to be told with characters, a plot, a beginning, middle and ending. Poems are a little different. There are all kinds of different ways to write poetry. There’s the sonnet (think Shakespeare), the limerick, rhyming poetry with iambic pentameter, or even the Haiku. Though there are many forms of poetry, there’s no one right way to write it, no set rhyming that you have to use. For instance, when I started writing my poems, I played with form and shape on the page. The poems went all over the place. Then I started having fun with subject matter. But I really hit gold when I started telling stories with my poems. First and foremost, I’m a storyteller. So I thought there had to be a way to do that with poetry. I started putting multiple characters into poems and gave them dialogue. Most writing has a lot of truth in it. So the dialogue in the poem was inspired by real life conversations I had with people. Originally, I called the poems Talking Poems as they all involved a conversation in some way. Eventually, I tried…